September 10, 2005 New York
Many of the clothes featured what he called a volant silhouette: winglike extensions of cloth that created a graphic line when viewed in profile, but beautifully framed the draped pieces when seen straight on. Dresses and skirts had full trapeze shapes. Pants were high-waisted and paired with coats, emphasizing a long line, while shorts were toped with vests and boleros. Fabrics ranged from airy parachute silks and luminous taffeta to more-substantial canvas and tie silk. The collection wasn't perfect, but it was a find, and Laing may well be ready for his own timeslot.